Carl Hayden and I were once again named to the annual list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine! This is a distinction I’m very proud to announce.super-lawyers-logo

Super Lawyers recognizes what they describe as “exceptional attorneys” all over the country, in more than 70 types of practice. The magazine’s circulation is more than 13 million.

In the category of Elmira personal injury lawyers, Carl Hayden and James B. Reed are the only names listed.

What makes some lawyers “super”?

Super Lawyers magazine has a unique and thorough process of selecting outstanding attorneys. There are three stages: Finding candidates through peer nominations (monitored so there are no self-nominations or traded nominations), evaluation by research (independent research by Law & Politics), and evaluation by other lawyers. You can read about the process in detail at “Super Lawyers Selection Process.”

I will quote one part, about the criteria they use: “12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.”

Whew! After reading that it’s not surprising that Super Lawyers represent less than 5 percent of lawyers in the state.

What does it mean for our clients?

Carl and I are the ONLY plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers in the area to receive this distinction and that fact is not lost on insurance carriers and defense attorneys who must assess the qualifications of the opposing attorney when making a decision about whether they should offer full value to settle your claim.

Thanks for reading,
James B. Reed, Esq.
Personal Injury & Malpractice Attorney
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William St., Elmira, NY 14902
Tel. (607) 733-8866 Fax. (607) 732-6062
Toll Free 1-800-943-3529